I've been diagnosed with sleep apnea. Should I get CPAP therapy or an oral appliance?
To make the right decision in your unique circumstances, it’s best to consult with both Dr. Burgdorf and your primary care provider. Dr. Burgdorf is happy to work with your doctor to coordinate care and make sure that you get the treatment that is best for you.
CPAP therapy (continuous positive airway pressure) is often the first-line therapy recommended for patients with sleep apnea. You wear a mask over your nose and mouth that is connected to a machine that pumps air into your nose while you sleep, keeping your breathing passage open. While this therapy is effective when used regularly, about 50% of sleep apnea patients have trouble with it. Some find the mask too uncomfortable, others are bothered by the noise of the machine, and still others are frustrated by the inconvenience of having to bring the machine with them everywhere they go (especially if they travel on a regular basis).
Oral Appliances At Our Bridgeton Office
Oral appliances to treat sleep apnea are often an excellent solution for these patients. They effectively treat the sleep apnea, are comfortable to wear (although it could take a couple days to get used to), and are easily portable. Your sleeping partner will also likely appreciate that they don’t make any noise!
If you’re struggling with CPAP or not interested in trying it, call our office for an evaluation to see if a night guard for sleep apnea is right for you.